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He said the US envoy for Syria, Jim Jeffrey, had traveled to northeast Syria this week and would soon go to Ankara for talks, including on moving forward a UN-led political process to end the eight-year long conflict in Syria.

Kurdish-led groups who control swathes of northern Syria fear an attack from Turkey in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from their region.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has been touring the Middle East this week to reassure allies of Washington's commitment to regional security, said on Saturday he was "optimistic" a way could be found to protect Syrian Kurds while allowing Turks to defend their country despite a US pullout from Syria.

In an apparent gesture to save face, following a questionable outcome of four years of uninvited American presence in Syria and an abrupt withdrawal, Trump has once-again credited the USA military for destroying IS, disregarding the fact that most of the country was liberated from terrorists by the Syrian army, with the help of the Russian military.

Turkey, however, remains firmly committed to removing what they call a Kurdish "terrorist" threat coming from the Euphrates River valley, and is actively preparing for a possible cross-border operation.

"We stand to lose our way of life, we also stand to lose our property and our livelihood", said Ishak.

"Bolton made a serious mistake".

"We also know that those fighting alongside us for all this time deserve to be protected as well", he added.

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The president announced the move in December, prompting concerns that Syrian Kurds, who had helped the USA fight Islamic State, would be left at the mercy of neighbouring Turkey, which views some of them as terrorists.

Since then, United States officials have given mixed messages.

More than 2,000 USA troops are serving in Syria. "We will be like second-class citizens at best, if we survive as Syriac Christians and Kurds".

Trump's decision to withdraw the troops hinges on Turkey's cooperation to secure the northern border.

Special representative for Syria Jim Jeffrey, a former USA envoy to Turkey and Iraq, is expected to return to Turkey to continue discussions, Pompeo added.

Nor will it stop the United States from trying to get "every Iranian boot out of Syria", Pompeo said.

The US-led coalition battling ISIS added to confusion surrounding the US withdrawal from Syria on Friday by saying it had started the pullout process, but officials later clarified that only equipment, not troops, were being withdrawn. "They understand that there are squabbles in Washington, but their mission remains, their duties continue and they're executing them". He is also expected to travel to Saudi Arabia.


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